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A little window into the self-absorption, backbiting and stunted intellect of the donors Mitt was talking to in his leaked video, via Naked Philadelphian:
Marc Leder, whose home was the site of the infamous 47% Romney video, has apologized to the Republican presidential candidate for the lapse in security at the fundraiser. Before Mitt Romney spoke at the fundraiser, guests were reminded that Mitt Romney’s comments were off the record. Those present were asked not to repeat his remarks to the press. Feder believes that the video was made by someone who was hired to work the party. He is in the process of narrowing down the suspects and is contemplating contacting law enforcement.
I love that. He is “contemplating” contacting law enforcement. He looks like someone who spends a lot of time contemplating. In front of a mirror. Leder’s “apology” to Mitt quickly veers into self-serving non sequitur:
Leder, the co-founder of Sun Capital, issued an official statement about the video: “I hosted a fundraiser for an old friend in May. I believe all Americans should have the opportunity to succeed, to improve their lives, and to build even better lives for their children. I have supported people from both political parties who share this view and make it a priority, even though their ideas on how to achieve it may differ.”
If you thought the missing piece in the story of the “47%” Romney tape was a cuckolded, sex-party-throwing Philadelphia capitalist’s bipartisan commitment to a better America, you can rest easy. He has issued a statement.
Naked Philadelphian describes Leder as a Romney-lite private equity investor who, like Mitt, has eliminated jobs or sent them abroad: “His purchase of Jevic Transportation has resulted in the loss of more than 1000 local jobs. Another local company, Aluminum Shapes, have moved many of their operations to Canada. The Manayunk Paper Mill was reorganized after bankruptcy.”
Although his divorcing wife accused him of being a workaholic, the New York Post’s reports of a private party that he hosted in Bridgehampton in the summer of 2011 belie that assumption.
Friends of his vigorously defend him by highlighting that he is a good father to his three children. They suggest that the reports of debauchery were exaggerated. They admit that there were barely clad pretty women dancing at the party. But they don’t understand the blow-back to Marc over the activities of his guests, who are consenting adults.
As one friend noted, “Marc was not in the pool.”Another friend sympathized with his plight. He said, “His wife cheats on him with the 23 year old tennis pro, so he lets off a little steam. Yet, he is the one that is vilified.”